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Browne Jacobson strengthens London commercial retail practice with double hire

4 April 2018
Browne Jacobson has broadened its commercial retail offering with the appointments of commercial property partner Susan Voice and commercial solicitor Fiona McGurrin into its London office.

Susan joins the firm’s national practice from Royds Withy King and brings with her nearly 10 years’ experience in commercial property law.  She has acted for a broad range of clients including high street and luxury retailers, art galleries (including overseas exhibitors) and charities. Her extensive experience includes acting on landlord and tenant matters, disposals, acquisitions, lending and re-finance of retail sites (high street stores, retail parks and shopping centres), office buildings and development projects.  

Fiona joins from Womble Bond Dickinson and has over three year’s commercial expertise that extends across commercial contracts, technology, data protection and retail. More recently she has undertaken commercial secondments with prominent retailers which has given her valuable insight into their domestic and international businesses.

Browne Jacobson’s retail practice has seen significant growth in recent years, posting a 26% growth in fees for 2017/18. The team has a long established client portfolio including high end luxury fashion brands and high street retailers, recently adding House of Fraser, Europcar and Philpotts to their extensive portfolio. 

The team has over 20 years’ experience and advises on a broad range of matters including real estate, property portfolio management, employment, brands, advertising and competitions, concession agreements, commercial contracts, disputes, e-commerce, consumer issues, data protection and regulatory including health and safety. In 2017, the team was awarded the PMA (Property Managers Association) ‘Extra Mile Award’.

Caroline Green, partner and head of the firm’s London office and retail and logistics team, said: 

“I am delighted to welcome Susan and Fiona to the team. Both appointments will allow us to grow our commercial retail presence in the London market and further develop our fashion and high street credentials on the back of our already excellent retail practice.

Susan brings a wealth of impressive retail experience with her and has a warm and engaging manner, making her a pleasure to deal with – something that will be great fit with our existing and target client base.

Fiona has a pragmatic and personable approach to her work, ensuring she understands the client’s needs and business model – again this will be a great asset to our existing clients.”

Susan Voice added:

“Browne Jacobson is the go to firm in the retail and luxury retail sector and has an unquestionable reputation for delivering high quality legal services and solutions to its valued clients. There is a lot of synergy between my experience and the retail team’s long term focus so I am delighted to be able to leverage this and help enhance their offering nationally and internationally.”